Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dictionary Highlights: Day 20

baryon number - a quantum number assigned to elementary particles, baryons having baryon number 1, antibaryons −1, and all other observable particles 0; quarks have baryon number 1/3 and antiquarks −1/3.

Those other observable particles got shafted

bashibazouk - (formerly) one of a class of irregular mounted troops in the Turkish military service.

See? There is such a thing as an army irregular!

basically - fundamentally

If I get to "fundamentally" and find it is defined as "basically" I am going to kill the editor of this dictionary

Basic English - a simplified form of English restricted to an 850-word vocabulary and a few rules of grammar, intended esp. as an international auxiliary language and for use in teaching English as a foreign language: devised by Charles Kay Ogden.

I never realized this was a technical term

basinet -
1. a globular or pointed helmet of the 14th century, often provided with a visor or aventail: evolved from the cervellière. Compare great basinet.
2. a supplementary cap that is worn underneath a helm, as an arming cap.

bassinet -
1. a basket with a hood over one end, for use as a baby's cradle.
2. a style of perambulator resembling this.

Same pronunciation, slightly different spelling, totally different meanings

Bathinette - a trademarked item used for a portable bathtub for babies

Slightly different name, really unoriginal idea

batman - a soldier assigned to an officer as a servant.

I wonder if Bob Kane ever knew this word was in the dictionary

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